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Makes My Monday: Jammies Outside

Mike and the kids are playing a rousing game of Freeze Ball (a cross between freeze tag and dodge ball)…in their jammies! (Well, Mike’s not in his…)

A few weeks ago, Mike pointed and said “Hey look! Elvis!” to distract them. They have no idea who Elvis is, and until yesterday, tried the same tactic …except it came out, “Hey look! Goldfish!” tee hee

Freeze Ball, Jammies, and Elvis – all rolled into one – Makes My Monday.

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Head on over to see what else makes people’s Mondays (there are always some really good ones!)

Giveaway: $25 Macy’s Gift Card!!

Sorry, this giveaway is now CLOSED.

The wonderful people from the Fishful Thinking program have provided me with a $25 Macy’s gift card to give away!

Show Me What You’ve Learned about Fishful Thinking

There are multiple ways to enter. Only one of the ways to enter is mandatory, all of the others are optional – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

You have until Midnight on Monday, April 13th to enter. The winner will be posted on Tuesday the 14th.

Mandatory – 1 entry:

  • Go visit Fishful Thinking and browse through a bit. (Go ahead, I’ll wait!) Come back and leave a comment about something you learned.

Optional – 1 entry each:

  • Twitter about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your tweet.
  • Blog about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your post.

(Feel free to use this link for your posts: http://tinyurl.com/dlhoyt )

Optional – 2 entries:

  • Leave a comment about a Fishful Thinking activity that you successfully completed with your child. Here are a few to choose from:

Optional – 5 entries:

  • Do you have a child between the age of 4 and 12? Sign up to be Fishful Thinking Ambassador! Send me a message me via the Fishful Thinking site to confirm you’ve made it, and you’ll be entered 5 times. (Let me know if you’d like more information about being an ambassador – I’m more than happy to go on and on about the program 🙂 )

UPDATED 4/8/09: The Fishful Thinking Ambassador positions have all been filled up, so I’ve been asked to remove this part of the entry options. Sorry!!

More Fishful Thinking information to come!

Something’s Fishy Here…

Thanks to Cheryl, I’ve been thinking of fish!


Not THAT kind. THIS kind:

You may have noticed the banner over there on the left-hand side…I’m a Fishful Thinking Ambassador, which means that I’m here to help you and your kids! Okay…not me personally. But I’m here to tell you about this awesome program.

I don’t know about you, but I eat my kids eat Goldfish all the time. And I remember eating them when I was with my Grandma after school, so they always bring back great memories. Well, Pepperidge Farm has created this exciting new program, Fishful Thinking. And knowing the Pepperidge Farm name – and the quality of their food, I was delighted to see that this same quality carries over to their program. A quote directly from them:

The Goldfish® brand cares about kids and wants to help inspire them to become the successes they were born to be. Through the Fishful ThinkingSM program, Goldfish provides parents with tools to help teach their kids how to navigate obstacles, overcome failure and achieve what they want.

Right? Sign.Me.UP.

So far, there is a quiz for you to take to see how resilient your child is, tips for playing emotion charades with your child, and a Spring Cleaning Optimism Article. And there are more things every week! (Don’t worry, I’ll keep you updated.)

Resilience Quiz

How resilient is your child? Find out with this short quiz, developed by Dr. Karen Reivich. Each time you answer a question, you will get a resilience tip from Dr. Reivich, with suggestions for how you can use a situation to help improve your child’s resilience.

Emotion Charades

Build your child’s emotional awareness through this simple, fun activity.

Spring Cleaning Optimism

An article on the mental and physical benefits of Optimism.


Definitely not something fishy there!! 🙂

Full disclosure: As a Fishful Thinking Ambassador, I earn incentives from Pepperidge Farm for my participation. Every time you click one of my links, I get points toward the incentives. However, if you know me at all, you know that I wouldn’t endorse something I didn’t believe in!